How To Spin A Basketball On Your Finger

It’s one of those tricks that looks way easier than it really is, right? People seem to be able to do it so carelessly that you grab a basketball and give it a try for yourself. Only the idea that you had in your head doesn’t play out and you drop the ball. Then you think, ah, maybe next time, and you give it another shot. But, it fails again. So, how on earth do you spin a basketball on your finger? Well, give this article a read and you might just be able to accomplish this small yet oddly satisfying goal.

Before You Get Started​

So, we have established that spinning a basketball on your finger is much harder than it looks. But, before we get into the nitty-gritty details on how to do it properly, there are a few things to know beforehand.​

1. Old Ball New Tricks​

old basketball

If you have been attempting to spin a basketball on your finger with a brand new basketball, then put it on the floor and push it away. You won’t be needing that now. Surprisingly, for some, using an old basketball is much easier for finger spinning purposes. In new basketballs, the grips and grooves are much more defined which actually makes it harder to spin. Older or used basketballs are more worn down which enables it to stay in place which is important because, let's be honest, the tip of your finger is hardly a large surface area to work with.​

2. Give Us A Stretch​

Yes, we are being 100 percent serious here. Even a move like spinning a basketball on your finger could cause an injury to your fingers and if you do happen to be a ballplayer, you cannot get a finger injury, like ever. You need those fingers in tip-top condition so give them a stretch before spinning. You don’t need to go into a full-blown warm-up routine. Just spend a few minutes doing some simple stretches. Simple things, like extending and retracting your arms and fingers or locking your hands together and pushing out, will do.​

3. Trim Those Nails​

nail clipper

It seems pretty obvious, right? That’s because it is! You really won’t get very far if you have a long fingernail (or fingernails if you’re planning on spinning from one finger to the other). Giving your nails a trim will again help the ball stay on your finger. If your nail is long, then spinning a basketball on your finger could easily rip the nail off. It's not just a case of losing a fingernail here. it’s more of an injury thing. In case it’s never happened to you before, losing a nail hurts, a lot. Remember what we said earlier? Ballplayers' fingers need to be kept in tip-top shape.​

Tossing The Ball​

Ok, now we are getting to the fun part. The first thing you need to master is tossing the ball. It’s a simple and small toss but it is what gives the basketball the momentum it needs to spin for a while. To make this a little easier we have put together a few steps.​

1. Find Those Grooves​

basketball grooves

Every basketball has grooves, even older and more worn basketballs. Look at the grooves closely and find the spot where they meet. If you follow the grooves with your finger, you will come across a spot where the top of your finger fits in rather nicely. This is the point in which your finger needs to be when spinning the ball. If you try spinning a basketball on your finger without using the grooves, you might be able to get it up for a few seconds but it won’t be long before the ball falls. The grooves give you more control.​

2. Two Hands Before One​

Spinning a basketball on your finger involves tossing the ball. This can be done with one hand or two. For people just learning this trick, it’s probably easier to use two hands at first as you can guide the ball better. Once you have mastered the trick by tossing the ball with two hands, you can practice using just one hand and flicking it up with the wrist.​

3. Ball Placement​

When spinning a basketball, the placement of your arm is quite important. You want the ball to be in line with your face. Do this by holding your arm out in front of you with a relaxed elbow. That way you will have a good visual on the ball.​

4. Hand Placement​

Before you start the toss, you need to have your hands in the right place. The dominant hand, which will be the one that you spin the basketball on, should be at the bottom of the ball. The other hand should be on the side of the ball. For the hand at the bottom of the ball (the dominant hand) make sure that the fingertips are pointing towards you. This helps you toss the ball easier.​

5. The Toss​

basketball toss

Finally, it’s time for the toss. Using the fingers and wrist of your dominant hand twist your hand at a 180-degree angle, leading with the pinky finger. You might find it easier to also use the thumb on your other hand as well. Remember that the motions need to be done at the same time. Before you move on to the next step just practice that toss for a while until it becomes familiar.​

Spinning The Ball​

This is where the magic happens. To get the ball in the right position on your finger, you will need to guide the ball with your fingertips. Just be sure that you don’t apply too much pressure otherwise you will kill the ball’s spin.​

1. Don’t Toss Too High​

Tossing the ball too high is where a lot of people go wrong. It needs to be controlled and light but the basketball does need a good amount of momentum.​

2. Finger Catch​

basketball fingers catch

You know the placement, you know the toss, you understand the height that the ball needs to be. Now, you need to catch the ball on your finger. Keeping your dominant hand close to the ball makes catching it a lot easier.​

3. Spinning The Ball​

As soon as the ball has been tossed, it begins to lose momentum. So, you need to catch it on your finger as soon as you can and then give it more force by lightly pushing it with the other hand. The finger that you are spinning the ball on needs to move with the ball. If you try and keep it in one position then the ball could fall off. If the ball veers to the right then follow it with your finger. Remember not to push the ball too hard, light and gentle taps will be enough to keep it going.​

The most important thing when learning to spin a basketball on your finger is practice. It probably won’t be an instant thing and it will most likely require a lot of patience but, don’t worry, you got this. Before you know it you will be spinning the ball in your sleep​

 

How To Play Defense In Basketball

In the early stages of basketball training, a lot of attention is spent on shooting techniques as well as passing, scoring, physical strength, and fitness. But, like most sports, being able to play several different positions gives you an advantage. Basketball is a very fast-paced sport and defensive playing requires focus, strength, and sharp thinking. You could have a team full of top-notch offensive players and a great shooter or two but if you are lacking defensive skills, you won’t get very far in games. In this post, we outlined our top tips for playing defense so that you can get the upper hand.

Defensive Stance

Because everything moves so fast in basketball, you need to get ready. The ball could come your way at any moment and, if it ends up in your opponent’s hands, you need to be ready for a quick direction change to retrieve the ball or at the very least distract them from making their next pass. When watching basketball, you probably notice that every player seem to stand a certain way when they are playing defense. The defensive position looks something like this:

  • Feet Apart

Their stance is slightly wider than the width of their shoulders.

basketball feet apart

  • Knees Bent

Their weight is on the balls of their feet with their knees bent. This makes it easier to change direction rapidly while maintaining their balance. Because the knees are already bent, they can jump in the air instantly if they need to.

  • Back Is Relatively Straight

A defender’s back should be straight, but not to the point that they are straining to hold a defensive position. Just straighter than it would be if they were relaxed.

  • Hands Raised

Most of the time, a basketball player in defense has their hands raised but relaxed. This is so they are ready to intercept the ball or if they need to jump to try and prevent a shot or pass.

basketball knees bent

This is the basic stance of a basketball player playing defense. Now, coaches may have their own preference as to what stance they want players to use but it’s not usually too different than the description above.

Defending

Playing defense is not easy. It’s a matter of prediction and being as ready as you can be in case the game moves in a different direction. Here are a few tips for defending the ball:

  • Defense After A Shot

Try not to get caught up in the moment. As soon as a shot has been made by your team, its time to get ready.

  • Under Pressure

Don’t give it to them easily. No opposition player should be left with the ball with no one marking them. If this does happen, run over and put on the pressure. That way, they will either try and move or make a pass.

basketball step back shooting

  • Body Angles

Take note of where the player you are marking is located. If they are towards the side of the court, angle your body, making them move closer to the sideline.

  • Focus

You may be tempted to look them in the eye, but it is best to focus on their waist. Looking a player in the face makes it easy for them to fake a move. It is extremely hard for them to fake a move with their waist.

  • Staying Low

The whole time that you are defending the ball you should remain in a low position. It makes it easier for you to switch positions, change directions, or jump.

basketball focus

Communication

It might sound crazy but having a team that communicates on the court gives your defense the upper hand. You can only focus on your area and won’t always be able to see the rest of the court. That means you won’t necessarily know when other players are approaching you. Communication on the court can take a while to master but, when you have it, it makes all the difference.

Defending The Dribble

One of the harder points of defense is defending the dribble. It can be way too tempting to just reach for the ball but you need to remember that the other player is in control. Wait until they make a mistake or until they lose control. It’s good to try and force them to the nearest sideline. That way, they will be limited in space and will need to pass the ball. There is a greater chance of them making a mistake or losing control when they feel trapped. Flicking the ball away is possible only if the dribbler is trying to move past you or if they are bouncing the ball loosely. You mustn’t hit the handler’s hand because then you will be charged with a foul.

Off-Ball Defense

Defending a player on a corner three-point shot is one of the harder defense positions. You will likely need to move out quickly to block a passing lane but, if you stay out too long, you leave the other player open for the ball in a prime position. Always make sure to return as soon as possible. Off-ball defense means never standing still. The basketball is moving continuously and so should you be. Remain in your defensive stance but stick with the player that you are covering.

Strength Building And Defensive Drills

To improve your performance in a defensive position, there are a number of things that you can do aside from just practicing defense drills. Improving your strength helps in all areas of basketball, including defense. Squats can be done as part of your training to strengthen your stance and a range of ladder drill and jump rope workouts can improve your footwork. Planks and sit-ups are a simple and easy way to improve core strength which comes in very handy when playing in defense.

Defense is definitely not the easiest position to play and it requires a lot of focus. Each team that you play against has different strategies and studying their play won’t guarantee you a win. Things change and teams like to have the element of surprise. It really is a case of preparing for all scenarios.

How To Find The Best Garage Mounted Basketball Hoops Online

Garage mounted basketball hoops are by far the most common household basketball hoops. Still, there are good ones and bad ones on the market. Even if you don’t have enough room for a decent half-sized basketball court at home, that doesn’t mean that you want a low-quality garage mounted basketball hoop. So, in a bid to save you money, time, and energy, we put together this article to help you find the best garage mounted basketball hoop online.

Types of Basketball Hoops

Even though this article is focused on garage mounted basketball hoops, it is important to be aware of the types of basketball hoops that are available. Before you decide which basketball hoop to get, you first need to decide where it is going. Clearly, you want to use an area with a decent amount of space. If you are planning to put the hoop indoors, then you need to make sure that there is enough height. Here are some of the different types of basketball hoops you can buy:

  • Portable

portable basketball hoop

These basketball hoops can be pretty expensive but also very good. They are free-standing so there is no need to fix them in place. They usually have a base that can be filled with either sand or water to weigh them down and prevent tipping. The base also has wheels so you can move the basketball hoop wherever you like. A good quality basketball hoop should also have height adjustment options.

  • In-Ground Basketball Hoops

in ground basketball hoop

In-ground basketball hoops are pretty self-explanatory. They don’t have a base and are generally secured using cement. They are extremely durable but aren’t at all portable. If you have the space for an in-ground basketball hoop, just make sure that you position it correctly.

  • Mounted Basketball Hoops

mounted basketball hoop

Mounted basketball hoops are the most common. The hoop can be on its own or attached to a backboard that is then screwed into an exterior wall. Most of the mounted basketball hoops that you come across won’t have height adjustment options; however, there are a few that do have this feature.

Do You Need A Backboard For A Garage Mounted Basketball Hoop

You don’t necessarily need a backboard for a garage mounted basketball hoop; however, it does help. When playing with your team, there will always be a backboard on the hoop so it makes sense to practice with one as much as possible so you are more familiar with the effect that they have on the basketball. A brick wall has a different bounce effect on the ball while a backboard replicates game-like conditions when shooting. Backboards are made using different materials which are explained below.

  • Tempered Glass

This is the material for professional-level basketball. It is a very expensive backboard and isn’t seen that much outside of pro basketball.

  • Polycarbonate

These backboards are probably among the cheapest you can find. They are durable and offer a decent bounce but are not quite as good as acrylic backboards, described below.

  • Acrylic

These backboards are very common as they are very similar to tempered glass but a lot cheaper. They are fairly light-weight, too, which means that they don’t need as much support.

Best Garage Mounted Basketball Hoops

So, now that you know a little more about the types of basketball hoops available as well as backboard materials, you should be able to establish which type of basketball hoop is best suited for you. Below, we have listed some of our favorite garage mounted hoops that are available online right now.

Katop Garage Roof-Mount Outdoor Basketball Hoop

katop garage roof mount outdoor basketball hoop

The Katop Garage Roof-Mount Outdoor Basketball Hoop attaches to the garage roof rather than a wall. It has a very simple 3-step installation process, making light work of getting the basketball hoop up and ready. The backboard is made from clear acrylic with an aluminum frame making it highly stable. It’s a perfect solution to get the height you need when the garage wall is not quite high enough.

  • Breakaway rim for wrist protection
  • 60” x 36” clear acrylic backboard
  • Heavy-duty double spring rim
  • 3-step installation process
  • Durable with high stability

Lifetime Basketball Rim

lifetime basketball rim

This mounted basketball hoop is much cheaper than the one above; however, it is rather minimal. If you aren’t bothered about a backboard and you have a small budget, this could be the one for you. The Lifetime Basketball Rim is quite literally a mounting bracket, a rim, and a net; however, the net is a 50g all-weather one. The setup does come with fitting bolts included so there is no need to find your own.

  • Solid construction
  • Easy to install
  • Thick and durable support brackets
  • 50g all-weather net

YOULAN Wall-Mounted Basketball Hoop

youlan wall mounted basketball hoop

The YOULAN Wall-Mounted Basketball Hoop involves another 3-step installation system. The basketball hoop is resistant to rust and high temperatures and the 121x81cm backboard is, like the hoop, weatherproof. Although this basketball hoop is mostly used outdoors, it’s fine for outdoor use, too. The whole setup weighs around 20kg and the rim diameter is approximately 48cm.

  • Easy to assemble
  • Weatherproof system
  • Rust resistant
  • Ideal for indoor and outdoor use
  • High temperature resistant

You may not be able to accommodate a full-sized basketball court at home but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a decent basketball hoop and make the most with the space that you’ve got. Let’s face it, if you are only looking at improving your shooting skills, then you don’t need a load of space. All you need is a decent basketball hoop with a durable net that can be fitted at the right height.